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If Covid emphasized one thing about sports, it is that we can live without them. We all know this truth anyway, but it is easy to get swept away in the passion of the game, and assign a greater meaning to football (or any sport) than it deserves, until something somber and real comes along to adjust the perspective. There was a time early on in the pandemic when it seemed almost irreverent to talk about or speculate on football, or at least difficult to strike an appropriate tone, given what was going on in the world around us.
And yet for all that, there are also aspects of sports which can transcend the mere game. Persistence against the odds, unity, togetherness, fighting spirit, and all of those other virtues which have been exemplified by this Wycombe team. There are times when things happen in such a sequence of perfection, and stunning achievements are set against such an unlikely backdrop, that something deeper resonates, and genuine inspiration can be taken from what has unfolded.
I am proud of this team, as we all are, but so much more proud of them for the team spirit and character they have shown, than the achievement itself. We are a special club not because we are being promoted (this happens every year, after all) nor even because we are being promoted as a relatively tiny club (this also happens sometimes), but because of the people who are involved. From GA, Dobbo and these fantastic players and staff, to Matt Cecil and the top notch media team, to the new charming and enthusiastic ownership of the Couhigs, to the volunteers, to the likes of Phil Catchpole, Bill Turnbull, Marcus Bean, and all of us fans, it is the people who make us what we are.
The game itself is an endless cycle - for who knows where we will be in five years, ten years or twenty? But the characters remain, whether in person or in memory, and I am so thrilled that the special group of people who comprise this unique football club are now forever immortalized together in this shining moment.